The Debate Workshop is a crucial part of the Summer School experience. You and your classmates will be divided into sections or chapters where you will research and then debate a variety of controversial resolutions almost every afternoon or evening beginning the second week of Summer School.
Download the Debate Workshop Overview with the link below to read about the research assignment that is due on the first day of the program.
Debate Workshop Information Packet (CLICK HERE)
Please note there is no DW Info for the APUSH at UVA or the JSA Diplomat Program. Both of these programs have a special speech and debate practicum that will be explained once you arrive at the program.
- DW Topic #1: Right to die guaranteed by legalizing death with dignity laws nationwide
- DW Topic #2: Allow non-denominational prayers at public school events and functions
- DW Topic #3: Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC
- DW Topic #4: Abolish all Affirmative Action programs from college admissions practices
- DW Topic #5: Death penalty be banned by all states and the federal government
- DW Topic #6: Sanctions against Iran remain in place until they formally recognize the state of Israel
- DW Topic #7: U.S. recognize Palestine as an independent state
- DW Topic #8: Negotiating hostage swaps never be part of America’s foreign policy
- DW Topic #9: Congress declare war on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL)
- DW Topic #10: United Nations discontinue its peacekeeping operations
- DW Topic #11: Adopt across-the-board tax cuts for individual and corporate tax brackets
- DW Topic #12: Single-payer national health insurance system established for all U.S. citizens
- DW Topic #13: Minimum wage be raised nationwide to $15 an hour
- DW Topic #14: Privatize Social Security
- DW Topic #15: Eliminate anti-trust regulations from all professional sports
- DW Topic #16: One-time blanket amnesty be afforded to undocumented persons residing in the U.S.
- DW Topic #17: “Freedom to Work” or “Right to Work” provisions be adopted in all states for all workers
- DW Topic #18: Ban all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy
- DW Topic #19: Ban oil production through hydraulic fracturing throughout the U.S.
- DW Topic #20: The Tea Party movement and its impact on the American political system
- DW Topic #21: Government-issued ID cards must be used to validate voter qualifications in all elections
- DW Topic #22: Federal government provide two years of free college education for all high school graduates
- DW Topic #23: Legalize recreational use of marijuana by all states and the federal government
- DW Topic #24: Vaccinations be mandatory for all children attending public schools
- DW Topic #25: 18 year term limits for members of Congress